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Will Smith & Janet Hubert Finally End Their 27-Year Feud After Her Departure From 'Fresh Prince'

Will Smith and Janet Hurbert are together again!

The two reunited during HBO Max’s The Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion special for the first time in 27 years after Janet left her role as Aunt Viv on the hit sitcom.

If you didn’t know, Janet played Aunt Viv during the first three seasons of Fresh Prince. She left the show in 1993 citing “creative differences” and was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid.

After her departure, the two battled very publicly, with Will telling a Atlanta radio station shortly after her departure that Janet “wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show…She’s mad now but she’s been mad all along.”

Almost a decade ago, Janet told TMZ there would “never” be a reunion, calling Will an “a–hole” and an “egomaniac,” and “this constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word,” reportedly blaming him for her premature departure from the show in 1993.

Despite their differences, Will and Janet decided to finally sit down and clear the air.

“I don’t know your story,” Will says to Janet.

“I know, you have no idea. It was insane,” Janet responded, before clarifying that she was not fired from the show despite what was reported at the time.

“They offered me this really bad deal in the third season. They said, ‘You’ve got two months and two weeks of work and you cannot work anywhere else,’” Janet recalled. “So that meant my salary was cut. I had a new baby and a husband who was out of work, so I said no. I did not accept their offer.”

“I was never fired, but the misconception was always put out there,” Janet continued. “I was trapped — what could I do? They said, ‘Okay, then we’re going to recast your role,’ and I said, ‘What can I say?’ I was hurt, deeply.”

Janet went on to tell Will that his words after her departure from Fresh Prince really hurt her and her career. She also explained that her difficulties on set had nothing to do with the cast, but it was more about being in a “very abusive marriage.”

“I have children, I’ve been divorced, I’ve had a second marriage,” Will responded. “And I can see now the level of pain and the level of struggle that it was for you just to show up every day.”

“I lost everything — reputation, everything — and I understand you were able to move forward, but you know those words — calling a Black woman difficult in Hollywood is the kiss of death,” Janet said. “And it’s hard enough being a dark-skinned Black woman in this business.”

She also explained why she wanted to patch things up with Will, saying, “I felt it was necessary for us to finally move forward, and I’m sorry that I have blasted you to pieces.”

Will then responded, “First of all, thank you for sharing that with me. I didn’t know that, when I look back now it’s obvious that you were having a hard time and I felt like you hated me. I could not do a 30-year celebration of this show and not celebrate you, celebrate your contribution to the show, celebrate your contribution to my life.”

In a solo interview, Janet discussed the sit-down with Will, saying, “I have to say, after 27 years, being here today and having the conversation that Will and I had together — it’s healing. I didn’t come here to have animosity, I came here to resolve, ’cause it’s time.”

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion special is streaming on HBO Max.

Will Smith Debuts 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Reunion Trailer - Watch!

Will Smith is teasing the big reunion!

The 52-year-old actor dropped the teaser trailer for the upcoming The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special coming to HBO Max on Friday (November 13) on his YouTube channel.

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“30 years later, we’re bringing the Banks family back together! Join Will and Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro and DJ Jazzy Jeff, for a funny and heartfelt night full of music and dancing in honor of the show that ran for six seasons and 148 episodes. Streaming November 19 on @HBO Max,” the caption reads.

As previously teased, the reunion will also include a squashing of a decades-old feud with another star of the show, and they will have an “emotional reunion and a candid conversation.”

Watch the trailer!

Will Smith Ends Nearly 30 Year Feud With 'Fresh Prince' Original Aunt Viv Actress Janet Hubert

Will Smith and Janet Hubert are seemingly putting some drama to bed after nearly 30 years.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum posted pictures from the Banks family mansion set for an unscripted reunion special set to air on HBO Max later this year on Thursday (September 10).

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“Today (Thursday) is exactly 30 YEARS since The @FreshPrince of Bel-Air debuted! So we’re doin’ something for y’all… a for real Banks Family Reunion is comin’ soon to @HBOmax! RIP James,” he wrote. (James Avery played uncle Philip Banks, and died in 2013.)

Fans noticed that he and Janet, who played the original Aunt Vivian on the show before being replaced by Daphne Reid, were laughing together in a photo, which is a surprise.

Almost a decade ago, Janet told TMZ there would “never” be a reunion, calling Will an “a–hole” and an “egomaniac,” and “this constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word,” reportedly blaming him for her premature departure from the show in 1993.

It seems they’ve patched things up based on the photos, and Janet even reposted the pictures.

“Reunited and it feels so good!” she wrote, adding in the hashtags that God spoke to her, and she’s “#freeatlast.”

The two sat down on Wednesday (September 10) according to HBO for an “emotional reunion and a candid conversation,” which even came as a surprise to the cast. Find out more about the reunion special!

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Drama Reboot in the Works at Peacock!

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting a brand new reboot!

The upcoming series, based on Morgan Cooper‘s viral YouTube trailer, will head to Peacock in a straight-to-series two-season order, THR reported Tuesday (September 8).

Original series star Will Smith, Benny Medina and Quincy Jones are behind the drama reboot.

“We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season-order from a pitch. I’ve been in this business for 30 years and that does not happen. They ordered two full seasons of Bel-Air based on the quality of the pitch and the work that you guys have done. So I want to say congratulations. I am hyped,” Will said in a special video message to Morgan Cooper and Chris Collins.

The cast is also reuniting for a special! Watch the fan trailer that started it all…

'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Cast To Reunite For HBO Max Special

Just like Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is also getting a reunion special on HBO Max.

The network just announced the news today, revealing that the cast – including Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and even DJ Jazzy Jeff – will get together to chat up the iconic 1990s show.

The special, which will celebrate 30 years since the sitcom debuted, is expected to tape on September 10, and premiere around Thanksgiving on the streamer.

The original series also streams on HBO Max.

If you didn’t see, a reboot of the show is in the works, with a slightly different premise. Get more details on it here…

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Dramatic Reboot In the Works

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting a dramatic reboot based on Morgan Cooper‘s viral YouTube trailer!

If you don’t know, Morgan created a dark and gritty trailer for the beloved NBC comedy last year, and the series will be based off of that concept.

Will Smith and Morgan Cooper are teaming to adapt the latter’s dramatic reimagining of the former’s beloved NBC comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The new show from Will, Benny Medina and Quincy Jones is currently being shopped to streaming services including HBO Max, Peacock and Netflix, THR reports.

No further information has been revealed, besides that the series has been in the works since Will saw the trailer last year. The original show aired from 1990-1996 on NBC.

C-SPAN Gets Pranked with Funny 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Call

Here’s something that will bring a smile to your face this morning – watch a prankster call into C-SPAN and use the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song to create his entire monologue!

The call happened during a segment on the Iran nuclear negotiations and the caller, who identified himself as Jack Strickland, was able to speak for about 20 seconds before he got cut off.

“I was actually discussing this issue with a friend of mine when I was in Philly, it occurred on a basketball court. At some point during the conversation, a couple of guys who were up to no good essentially started causing trouble in my neighborhood,” Jack said.

“I got in one little fight and my mom got scared, and said ‘You’re moving in with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air,’” he continued.


C-SPAN Gets Pranked with Funny ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Call